Saturday, October 07, 2017
Several years ago, because of exponential business growth in our area, I decided to create a Facebook Business Page  providing details about the business community. See this link.
When the Maryland Live Casino opened in 2012, I started doing more with the page, including:
- Photos & Videos
- A weekly post about a local business.
- Added several tabs providing various resources about the area for visitors.
- Researching local events for inclusion to the page.
I also registered a .org domain to use with the page, however I have yet to set it up. That said, I wanted to start building tools and resources to use with an external site. Two ideas I thought may be useful for the new .org domain;  a business directory and  a list of upcoming area events.
Today, I completed most of the major work on a Java Servlet that uses the Facebook API to provide the list of Events associated with the page. The illustration shows the Servlet running in local mode on my Macbook.
Note: only using 3 earliest events [updated this image].
I am not sure when the new interface will go into production, however I am pretty happy this project is mostly done [custom formating and fine tuning the remaining tasks]. Over the years, I have done one or two things with Facebook as a developer, however not a lot. This project gave me the opportunity to take a good look at the Facebook API and I am glad I did.